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Australia Begins Climate Project With China

This project will use environmental informatics to improve understanding of the interaction of the Australian and East Asian monsoon systems.
by Staff Writers
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Jun 07, 2007
CSIRO and the Australian Greenhouse Office (AGO) have signed a two-year funding agreement for collaboration between CSIRO statisticians and the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the Chinese Academy of Science. The project will investigate climate and rainfall linkages between China and Australia. "The objective of this project is to improve understanding of the interaction of the Australian and East Asian monsoon systems," says CSIRO Environmental Statistician Dr Bronwyn Harch.

"This research will give us more information about the impacts of climate change, especially in the areas of agriculture and water resource management."

The East Asian summer monsoon carries moist air from the Indian and Pacific Oceans to East Asia. The monsoonal flow interacts with the Australian winter monsoon.

The project will include the analysis of possible relationships between summer rainfall over north China and winter rainfall over southwest Western Australia, and the development and application of statistical models to assess the impacts of the Australian monsoons on summer rainfall over north China.

The project is being conducted under the auspices of the Australia-China Climate Change Partnership. Funded through the AGO's Bilateral Climate Change Partnership Programme, it is one of 11 projects agreed and announced by the former Australian Minister for the Environment, Senator Ian Campbell, and China's National Development Reform Commission Vice Chairman Jiang Weixin in Beijing last year.

These new projects build on existing collaboration through the Partnership to address climate change including joint activity on renewable energy and other low emission technologies, energy efficiency and agriculture.

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US Torpedoes German Hopes For Binding G8 Climate Deal
Heiligendamm, Germany (AFP) June 06, 2007
US President George W. Bush dashed German hopes Wednesday for a binding pact on slashing carbon emissions at a Group of Eight summit. But the US leader indicated he was willing to work on climate change within a UN framework. As the meeting of the world's richest nations got underway in the Baltic Sea resort of Heiligendamm, Bush flatly rejected German Chancellor Angela Merkel's call to agree a limit the global temperature rise to two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

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